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DWI and DUI Law and News in the USA. Hot topic issues of Legislative Bills and important court rulings. Please visit http://www.powersmccartan.com if you require information or assistance with an impared driving offense.
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Bill Powers | - Triangle Business Journal

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Meet Bill Powers, President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.  

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The Advocates for Justice is dedicated to making the lives of average North Carolinians better.

 

It's an honor and privilege to serve as President.

 

Bill Powers 

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Can You Get a Limited Privilege

Can You Get a Limited Privilege | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

After DWI DUI Impaired Driving, Can I Drive? Can You Get a Limited Privilege? What is Required by the Court? What Forms are Needed?

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Obtaining a Pre-Trial Limited Privilege requires careful consideration of the record, prior history, and factual basis of a case.  One should not assume it is automatic or guaranteed.

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Can I travel to Canada with DWI Conviction

Can I travel to Canada with DWI Conviction | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Criminal Records International Travel. Am I allowed to leave North Carolina? Can I travel to Canada with DWI Conviction? Bill Powers 704-342-4357

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Before attempting to travel to Canada, especially in instances where there is a criminal history, it is highly recommended travelers first verify entry eligibility.

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Driving Under the Influence in South Carolina

Driving Under the Influence in South Carolina | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

What is DUI in South Carolina? Driving Under the Influence in South Carolina - Are There Options?

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The Laws in South Carolina are fairly complex and involve careful consideration of what took place on-scene.

 

DUI in South Carolina is a serious offense. Given the potential for long-term consequences, it makes sense to talk to a lawyer right away.

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Missed Court and New Tickets, What Happens

Missed Court and New Tickets, What Happens | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

What happens if I Fail to Appear in Court for a Traffic Ticket or Citation? Missed Court and New Tickets, What Happens

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Missing Court is never a good idea. . . but we all make mistakes. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.

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How to get a Limited Driving Privilege

How to get a Limited Driving Privilege | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

After getting charged with Impaired Driving in North Carolina, there may be the possibility of driving. How to get a Limited Driving Privilege 

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Under North Carolina Law, and under limited circumstances, the Court may authorize a Pre-Trial Limited Driving Privilege during a period of suspension – Bill Powers

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What is the Most Often Cited DWI Evidence

What is the Most Often Cited DWI Evidence | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Impaired Driving in North Carolina. Proof of Impairment. Dexterity Tests. What is the Most Often Cited DWI Evidence? How Accurate is the Human Nose?
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Alcohol breath odor is the most frequently cited observation by US police officers in alcohol related traffic offenses

– Southern California Research Institute

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DWI Officer Fired Over Problems with Testimony

DWI Officer Fired Over Problems with Testimony | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Prosecutors may “Orally Dismiss” cases in Open Court District Attorneys (State Prosecutors) may also File Written Notice of Dismissal Clerk of Court required to “record the dismissal”         Modified Transcript of “DWI Officer Fired Over Problems with Testimony”

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More than 100 DWI cases now are dismissed as are dozens of other traffic related cases.

 

104 DWI cases will be dismissed, 71 other traffic related cases to be dismissed in North Carolina, as result of court ruling.

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Powers McCartan PLLC Included in Best Law Firms List

Powers McCartan PLLC Included in Best Law Firms List | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Powers McCartan PLLC Included in Best Law Firms List The Law Offices of Powers McCartan, a Charlotte-Metro based law firm recently received notice it has been included in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers  ® “Best Law Firms” publication.  

 

The firm has been named a Charlotte Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” for the area of DUI / DWI Defense.

 

Bill Powers is also listed individually within the The Best Lawyers in America 2016 publication for his work in DUI / DWI Defense and Criminal Defense:  General Practice.

Bill Powers's insight:

I must give thanks and credit to the paralegals and attorneys at the firm – Bill Powers

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Want to Renew Your License Online?  

Want to Renew Your License Online?   | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Faster, Easier Service at NC DMV!  Want to Renew Your License Online?  
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North Carolina is making it easy to Renew Your License.


What a fabulous option. Anything we can do to speed up the process, saving time and money, is great for licensed drivers
– Bill Powers

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North Carolina DWI Guide

The 2014 North Carolina DWI Quick Reference Guide created by the law offices of Powers McCartan, PLLC National Highway Transportation Safety Administration NHT…
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The 2014 North Carolina DWI Quick Reference Guide created by the law offices of Powers McCartan, PLLC


National Highway Transportation Safety Administration NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Protocols, Clues, Cues and Impaired Driving Detection

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Useful Info on Charlotte Mecklenburg Court Schedules

Useful Info on Charlotte Mecklenburg Court Schedules | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Court Dates, Calendars, Schedules, Policies and other Useful Info on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Court System - by Bill Powers 704-342-4537

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The 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County is located at 832 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 and housed within the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

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How is Court Scheduled in North Carolina?

How is Court Scheduled in North Carolina? | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Have a Traffic, Criminal or DWI / DUI matter? Attorney Bill Powers explains How Court is Scheduled in North Carolina, Calendaring and Continuances.
Bill Powers's insight:

While the Court, via “inherent” or “ultimate” authority,maintains the courtroom, the proceedings, the fair administration of justice, et al, at a granular level, the Executive Branch, or the District Attorney’s Office, sees to enforcing the law(s), prosecuting matters and in North Carolina, for the most part, controlling the docket.

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While the Court, via “inherent” or “ultimate” authority, maintains the courtroom, the proceedings, the fair administration of justice, et al, at a granular level, the Executive Branch, or the District Attorney’s Office, sees to enforcing the law(s), prosecuting matters and in North Carolina, for the most part, controlling the docket.

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What Happens to Insurance with Tickets?

What Happens to Insurance with Tickets? | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Can they raise my rates? What if this is my First Ticket? What Happens to Insurance with Tickets in North Carolina - Bill Powers Charlotte Traffic Attorney

Bill Powers's insight:

Prayers for Judgment Continued or an PJC are not automatic and they are not without limitations or consequences

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What is the History of a Carolina Slaw Dog?

What is the History of a Carolina Slaw Dog? | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Queen Charlotte - North Carolina Common Law and Fourth of July Factoids - Operation Firecracker - What is the History of a Carolina Slaw Dog?
Bill Powers's insight:

The etymology of the word “Condiment” is from the Latin word condire ‘to pickle.’  There is nothing about Carolina Slaw that involves a pickle.

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What is needed to get a Limited Driving Privilege?

What is needed to get a Limited Driving Privilege? | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

What documents are needed for a Pre-trial Limited Driving Privilege? What is a DL-123 form? What is needed to get a Limited Driving Privilege?

Bill Powers's insight:

An attorney can help explain the process, determine eligibility, and draft the different forms that are necessary for a Pre-Trial Privilege

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How Long Does It Take to Get Blood Results?

How Long Does It Take to Get Blood Results? | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

How Long Can a Case Be Continued for Lab Reports? Why Do Some Cases Go Faster? How Long Does It Take to Get Blood Results

Bill Powers's insight:

A statement signed by each successive person in the chain of custody that the person delivered it to the other person indicated on or about the date stated is prima facie evidence that the person had custody and made the delivery as stated

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DWI Sentencing in North Carolina

DWI Sentencing in North Carolina | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

How does sentencing work for DWI DUI and Impaired Driving. DWI sentencing in North Carolina is VERY complicated.

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DWI Sentencing in North Carolina does NOT fall under traditional Structured Sentencing

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Please be careful this Memorial Day

Please be careful this Memorial Day | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

Have and fun time this long weekend. Please be careful this Memorial Day Holiday - If you run into trouble please call us at 704-342-4357

Bill Powers's insight:

Memorial Day Holiday Statistics:

  • 38,000,000 Travelers
  • 50,000 Injured in Wrecks
  • 439 Killed in Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Nationwide Enhanced DWI DUI Impaired Driving Checkpoints
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Do You Need a Lawyer for Traffic Tickets

Do You Need a Lawyer for Traffic Tickets | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

What is an Infraction? Are All Tickets Criminal Offenses? How Does the System Work? Do You Need a Lawyer for Traffic Tickets? Bill Powers 704-342-4357

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Even a skilled lawyer who represents himself is at a disadvantage in contested litigation. He is deprived of the Judgment of an Independent third party in:

 

  • Framing the Theory of the Case
  • Evaluating alternative methods of presenting Evidence
  • Cross-Examining Hostile Witnesses
  • Formulating Legal Arguments
  • Making sure that reason, rather than emotion, dictates the proper tactical response to unforeseen developments in the Courtroom
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How Much Do You Know About Traffic Tickets

How Much Do You Know About Traffic Tickets | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it

How Much Do You Know About Traffic Tickets?

 

  • Are Lawyers Always Required?
  • Is Traffic School an Option?
  • Do Prior Tickets Make a Difference?
Bill Powers's insight:

Traffic Laws in North Carolina, especially relating to insurance premiums and how to handle can be complex   …

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Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges

Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
What are Aggravating Factors? Are they Different than Grossly Aggravating Factors? Attorney Bill Powers Discusses Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges
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What are the Factors Considered  in Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges?

 

  • What are Grossly Aggravating Factors?
  • What are Aggravating Factors?
  • What are Mitigating Factors?
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Do I Have to Consent to Search?  

Do I Have to Consent to Search?   | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Question: "During a Traffic Stop, Do I Have to Consent to Search?" Is it really "Consenting" if not voluntary?  What Happens?  What are Your Legal Rights?  
Bill Powers's insight:

Police would not normally have Legal Authority to Search a Vehicle pursuant to a minor Traffic Violation.


Involvement with law enforcement should be “minimally intrusive” and, without more, limited to the ministerial function of issuing a citation.


Consent should be obvious. Consent should be voluntary.

– Bill Powers

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Mecklenburg Court Holiday Schedule

Mecklenburg Court Holiday Schedule | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
When is Court Closed? What is the Mecklenburg Court Holiday Schedule? Attorney Bill Powers provides info on Charlotte-Metro Courts. 704-342-4357
Bill Powers's insight:

With the holidays fast approaching and the year coming to an end, we normally sit down and start planning the next calendar year. For attorneys whom practice in the Charlotte-Metro region, we consult the Mecklenburg Court Holiday Schedule and the surrounding districts:


Cabarrus County Court
Gaston County Court
Iredell County Court
Rowan County Court
Union County Court

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Death by Vehicle Blood Testing in North Carolina

Death by Vehicle Blood Testing in North Carolina | DWI and DUI - Law and News | Scoop.it
Blood Testing in Death by Vehicle cases in North Carolina? Bill Powers 704-342-4357
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Death by Vehicle Blood Testing in North Carolina involves a certain, although limited, amount of discretion by Law Enforcement. 


There are circumstances where blood sampling may be in addition to standard breath-testing on the EC/IR II.

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